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Picture this- rowdy guests, constant noise, and security concerns. Sounds like a lot of fun… Sense the sarcasm there? Well, short-term rentals can bring some of those challenges for HOAs. Neighbors might be annoyed by the revolving door of visitors, and it could strain community resources and amenities. Plus, there are legal and liability considerations to think about.

In today’s age gone are the days of traditional hotels being your only option. Now, homeowners can open their doors and rent out their spare rooms or entire properties to travelers from around the globe.

This new sharing economy has created a massive surge in the popularity of short-term rentals however it leaves many neighbors wondering, “Can you rent out a condo here?” If you live in a condominium association or a community with an HOA then the answer is a very unsettling “it depends.”

In this blog, we’re diving into the hot topic of Airbnb HOA rules and their impact on the associations. With the rise of short-term rentals, it’s essential to explore what your HOA can do to manage the situation and keep your neighborhood thriving.

Understanding Short-Term Rentals and HOAs

Let’s start with the basics. Short-term rentals are all the rage, thanks to platforms like Airbnb, Vrbo, and others. They differ from traditional long-term rentals because they’re usually shorter stays, like vacation rentals.

Now, where do HOAs fit in? They’re the superhero guardians of community regulations, ensuring everyone lives “happily” together, enforcing deed restrictions, and generally ensuring that the neighborhood remains true to its original single family dwelling intent. Therefore they have the tough task to tackle this issue head-on.

With investors eager to scoop up units and homes for the purposes of using as short term rentals, many communities worry about how short-term rentals may affect housing availability, the neighborhood’s character, and local regulations. As a result, there’s increased pressure HOAs to police short term rentals.

Challenges From Short-Term Rentals For HOAs

  • Noise and Disruption: Short-term rentals may lead to increased noise levels and disruption, particularly if the renters are not familiar with the community’s rules and regulations. Frequent turnover of guests can result in a lack of accountability and potentially disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. Many believe that transiences of occupancy increases criminal activity.
  • Increased Traffic and Parking Issues: More guests mean more traffic and parking issues. This may also limit parking spaces and cause congestion of vehicles. Causing problems for residents and affecting their quality of life.
  • Safety and Security Concerns: Neighbors may be uncertain about who is staying nearby, leading to a sense of unease and a potential increase in security risks.
  • Strain on Community Resources: Short-term vacation rentals can place more strain on community resources, such as water, electricity, and waste management systems. The increased demand from a higher number of occupants may exceed the infrastructure’s capacity. This affects the overall functionality and maintenance of the community.
  • Decreased Sense of Community: When you have different people coming and going, it can really affect the sense of community and interaction. It’s hard to build long-lasting relationships and connections when things are always changing.
  • Effect on Housing Availability and Affordability: In some cases, the proliferation of short-term vacation rentals can reduce the availability of long-term housing options for residents. This can contribute to rising housing costs and a decrease in affordable housing options within the community.
  • Legal and Liability Issues: If those short-term rental guests end up causing damage to the homeowner’s property or the community, guess who ends up paying the price? You guessed it, the homeowner and the HOA. They’re the ones left dealing with the consequences of someone else’s mess.

How Rise AMG Tackles Short-Term Rentals with Host

At Rise Association Management Group, we take pride in providing top-notch solutions for condominiums and homeowners associations. One of our amazing offerings is Home Dome. This is a platform that uses artificial intelligence and geofencing technology to create a virtual dome around your community. This high-tech feature gives HOAs the power to verify and enforce real-time actions against short-term rental violators.

Now, we all know that short-term rentals, like the ones you find on Airbnb and VRBO, can bring their fair share of challenges. Did you know there are more than 70 other sites also used for advertising short term rentals? Noise, parking nightmares, safety concerns, etc. Well, Home Dome swoops in to save the day!

It comes armed with a bunch of tools that help management. It finds and regulates those pesky short-term rentals in your building or community. All thanks to the powers of geofencing technology and AI.

But hold on, what exactly is geofencing? It’s like creating an invisible fence around a specific area. Home Dome enables us to scan HOAs and condominiums, identifying the locations of short-term rentals and capturing evidence useful in fining, hearings, and even litigation. By doing this we can spot any rule violations and take the necessary action. This way, property owners and renters know exactly where the boundaries lie.

Home Dome is a comprehensive package of tools that makes managing short-term rentals a breeze. From complaint tracking to reporting and even penalty enforcement, it’s got your HOAs back.

In a nutshell, the Home Dome platform is a powerful weapon in Rise Association Management Group’s arsenal. It’s designed to help you manage and regulate short-term rentals like a boss.

By promoting safety and ensuring compliance, you’re not only safeguarding your home but also increasing its value. And hey, let’s not forget about preserving that cozy residential character your community holds dear.

So, say goodbye to the unknown and transient guests and say hello to a well-managed, thriving community.

Other Ways Rise AMG Helps

But Home Dome and geofencing isn’t the only way we help. Here are some more cutting-edge solutions Rise AMG offers:

  1. Developing Effective Rental Policies: We work with our clients to develop and implement clear, effective rental policies that outline rules and regulations for short-term rentals. This includes occupancy limits, guest rules, and regulations for common areas.
  2. Real-Time Monitoring: Rise AMG utilizes advanced technology to monitor real-time and detect rule violations. Our team can take immediate action to address any issues, such as unauthorized guests or excessive noise.
  3. Exceptional Customer Service: We pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service to our clients. Our team is available 24/7 to answer any questions and provide support to homeowners.
  4. Facilitating Communication: Effective communication is crucial when managing short-term rentals. Rise AMG is a liaison between homeowners and their guests, handling all communications and ensuring all parties know the rules and regulations.

By leveraging our expertise and technology, Rise AMG helps our clients mitigate the risks associated with short-term rentals. Our services provide peace of mind to both homeowners and HOAs.

Working with Airbnb and Other Rental Platforms:

Believe it or not, Airbnb and HOAs can be allies in this battle. Collaborating with rental platforms can address concerns and ensure everyone follows the rules. And together answer questions like, can you rent out a condo here? It’s all about building a partnership for better oversight.

Community Engagement and Consensus Building

Your voice matters! Engaging with homeowners and seeking their input is essential for a harmonious neighborhood. Meetings and open discussions can gather valuable insights. Finding common ground and building consensus on short-term rental policies is the key to success.


So we covered a lot, from understanding the impact of short-term rentals to managing them effectively. Remember, finding the right balance between homeowner rights and community harmony is the ultimate goal.

So, let’s keep those lines of communication open, work together, and create neighborhoods we’re proud to call home. Rise Association Management Group is happy to help manage these risks by developing effective rental policies, monitoring compliance, providing exceptional customer service, and facilitating communication.

Contact us today to learn how we can help you manage short-term rentals in your community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can HOAs ban Airbnb in Texas?

In Texas, the authority of Homeowners Associations (HOAs) to regulate short-term rentals like Airbnb can vary. The Supreme Court of Texas has relatively recently ruled in a manner requiring much more clear authority from a homeowners association to enforce restrictions prohibiting short term rentals. The power to ban or restrict Airbnb rentals depends heavily on the specific provisions outlined in the HOA’s governing documents, such as the declaration, bylaws, and rules and regulations. Some HOAs may have clear restrictions on short-term rentals, including Airbnb, while others may not have specific guidelines in place.

It’s important to review the governing documents of the specific HOA in question to understand their rules and restrictions regarding short-term rentals. Additionally, consulting with an attorney who specializes in real estate and HOA law in Texas can provide you with more accurate and detailed information regarding the specific regulations in your area.

What are the disadvantages of having short-term vacation rentals in your community?

  • Noise and Disruption
    • Short-term rentals are mainly used for rest, relaxation, and also parties. These parties are full of loud music and noise, which can easily disturb neighbors and disrupt the peace of society and the community.
  • Safety and Security Risks
    • There is a constant in and out of guests and unfamiliar faces in society. This increases the safety and security issues for HOAs, as it becomes difficult to monitor each one of them.
  • Resources and Amenities
    • When there is an increase of guests in society, its resources get compromised, such as parking, swimming pools, gyms, etc. Long-term owners face the consequences and disadvantages.
  • Legal and Liability Issues
    • If the short-term rental guests damage something on the homeowner’s property or society, the homeowner and HOA have to suffer the consequences. Appropriate measures are required to avoid such significant concerns.

Do HOAs allow Airbnb?

The allowance of Airbnb rentals within Homeowners Associations (HOAs) can vary depending on the specific rules and regulations of each HOA. The Supreme Court of Texas has determined that clear authority from a homeowners association to enforce restrictions prohibiting short term rentals is necessary. Explicit provisions that prohibit short-term rentals, including Airbnb, within the community are necessary whereas “single family residential purpose” terminology alone is no longer sufficient. Clear restrictions are more common in newer developments as they are more keen as to the concerns of short term rentals and work to maintain a certain residential atmosphere, protect property values, and ensure the safety and security of residents.

On the other hand, some HOAs may permit Airbnb rentals, but with certain conditions and guidelines. These conditions can include obtaining prior approval, adhering to specific rental durations, or meeting certain liability and insurance requirements. It’s crucial for homeowners or potential hosts to carefully review their HOA’s governing documents, including the declaration, bylaws, and any additional rules and regulations, to understand the stance of the HOA on short-term rentals like Airbnb.

It’s worth noting that local regulations and laws may also impact the permissibility of short-term rentals within a community, so it’s important to consider both the HOA rules and any applicable local regulations before engaging in Airbnb rentals within an HOA-governed community. Consulting with the HOA board or seeking legal advice can provide homeowners with more precise information about the specific rules and guidelines in their community.

How do I shut down my neighbors on Airbnb?

Dealing with disruptive neighbors who are operating short-term rentals like Airbnb can be a challenging situation. Here are some steps you can consider taking to address the issue:


  1. Review Local Regulations: Familiarize yourself with local laws and regulations regarding short-term rentals. Check if there are any specific restrictions or requirements in your area that can help support your case.
  2. Communicate with Your Neighbor: Initiate a polite and respectful conversation with your neighbor to express your concerns about their Airbnb rental. Share specific instances or issues that have been affecting you and the community. They may not be aware of the impact they are causing.
  3. Engage with the Homeowners Association (HOA): If you live in an HOA-governed community, report the issue to the HOA board or property management. Provide them with any evidence or documentation you have regarding the disruptive behavior or potential violations of HOA rules.
  4. Document the Disturbances: Keep a record of any disturbances caused by the Airbnb rental, such as noise, excessive traffic, or safety concerns. Document dates, times, and any relevant details that can support your case.
  5. Report to Local Authorities: If the disturbances persist and violate local noise ordinances or other regulations, you can contact local authorities, such as the police or code enforcement, to report the issue. Provide them with the necessary information and evidence to support your complaint.
  6. Seek Legal Advice: If all else fails, consult with a lawyer who specializes in real estate or property law. They can guide potential legal actions you can take against the neighbor or the property owner, depending on the circumstances and applicable laws in your area.


Remember, it’s important to approach the situation calmly, document any incidents, and follow the appropriate legal channels to address the issue effectively. We at Rise AMG are ready and available to help answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us for more information.